Go and Change the World - MAK Graduates Told

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Up to 34 students were awarded Doctoral degrees-PhD. 10 PhD students graduated from College of Natural Sciences, 10 students from College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, six from College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and eight students from the College of Education and External Studies.

Makerere University Chancellor Prof Ezra Suruma has advised graduating students to turn whatever challenges they encounter into opportunities that will change the world. Prof Suruma also asked graduates to continue searching for the knowledge and skills that Uganda needs to transform from a least developing country, to middle income status.

"We need new knowledge to transform the Ugandan society. Our future is truly in your hands," Prof Suruma said.

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Suruma was speaking at the 67 graduation ceremony of Makerere University which started today with the graduation of students from four colleges. They include College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (697 students), College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (650 students), College of Natural Sciences (415 students), College of Education and External Studies (1,384 students).

Up to 34 students were awarded Doctoral degrees-PhD. 10 PhD students graduated from College of Natural Sciences, 10 students from College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, six from College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology and eight students from the College of Education and External Studies.

At the same function, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda pledged commitment to ending problems affecting Makerere University in recognition of its role in training vital human resource for the country.

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Dr Rugunda made reference to the ongoing investigation by a visitation committee appointed by President Yoweri Museveni in November last year as an indication that government is willing to find a lasting solution to problems affecting Makerere University.

Rugunda advised university students and lecturers to stop engaging in violence and industrial action as a means of addressing their grievances. He said students should embrace peaceful dialogue.

He further encouraged graduates to embrace government programmes such as the Youth Livelihood program, one of the initiatives set up to address unemployment gaps among the youth.

The ceremonies which will run over the next four days will see a total of 14,897 students awarded diplomas, degrees and PhDs in various disciplines.